Values and Vision: ‘Aspiring to excellence’

The Cedars Academy is an 11 to 18 academy in Birstall that is committed to exacting high standards, raising attainment and demanding creative excellence from its staff and pupils. At the Cedars Academy we are driven to ensure pupil success is at the core of all our work. We provide a vibrant and engaging curriculum which promotes the love of learning, and prepares young people for the next steps in their lives.

We believe that through careful planning and delivering the very best teaching at every stage of their educational journey that pupils at The Cedars Academy will make outstanding progress. We will rigorously check all pupils are making progress in their learning and intervene decisively to remove any barriers to pupil achievement.

We know that by working hard and aspiring to excellence in all we do, pupils at The Cedars Academy will achieve the best possible outcomes and success. We are ambitious and aspirational for our staff and pupils; we believe passionately that every pupil will succeed and are committed to equality of opportunity.

Jason Smith
Head of Academy


  • Health and Social Care Pupils visit Careers Fair

    21st March 2017

    On the 8th of March, 56 Health and Social Care pupils attended a ‘Careers in Health and Caring Professions Fair’ at The Kube at Leicester Racecourse. Pupils were able to talk to a range of providers about their future career options. They also were able to go inside an ambulance and try their hand at… Read more »

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  • The Brilliant Club

    20th March 2017

    On the 2nd of March our Year 8 Brilliant Club pupils visited Nottingham University . The purpose of the visit was to launch the programme and for the pupils to meet their PhD tutor Doctor Nina Jordan . Dr Jordan will be coming into school on a weekly basis to have tutorials with the pupils…. Read more »

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  • Birmingham University Visit

    14th March 2017

    On Wednesday some of our Year 10 pupils attended a raising aspirations day at Birmingham University. Pupils had the opportunity to speak to current students, research the courses on offer and create their own pathways to the courses. A tour of the city campus was also provided and we were very privileged to be allowed… Read more »

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  • Historians Visit Oxford Museums

    9th March 2017

    On 2nd March 30 Year 10 Historians visited Oxford University Museums to deepen their understanding of navigation and exploration in the Elizabethan Age. At the Ashmolean pupils examined artefacts traded by Elizabethan explorers and learnt of the diversity of interactions England experienced in the sixteenth century. The History of Science Museum allowed everybody to be… Read more »

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  • Olympians visit the Cedars

    6th March 2017

    It was a very special morning having Libby and Chris pop into The Cedars Academy. They are such a successful partnership, as we saw at the Paralympic Games, and our pupils can learn a lot from both of them. Libby and Chris were a pleasure to have around and it is great that athletes so… Read more »

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  • Year 7s Writing Skills Rewarded

    28th February 2017

    In English our Year 7s are currently working on producing a range of different types of writing; creating letters, leaflets, newspaper articles and other transactional writing. The focus is on developing writing skills (sentence structure, punctuation and spelling) whilst also encouraging our pupils to think about different levels of formality and be creative too! As… Read more »

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